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BMW Coil-Over Spark Plug Cap Removal Tool by Marc Parnes Products
This tool makes it a snap to remove the spark plug cap/coil on R, F, G and K Series coil-over bikes. The factory supplied plastic tool slips off the cap easily and is prone to breakage. Our tool is CNC machined from aluminum and will not damage the cap or wear out. It is small enough to carry in your tool roll measuring just 1 ½" by 1 ¼" with a weight of 1 ounce. It fits the following models:
All R1150 from Dec 2002 production R1200C, R1200C I/M, R1200 Montauk from October 2002 production All R1200 from model year 2003 and newer including the new LC models and RNineT R1100S from December 2002 production All F Twins All G Thumpers All new style K1200/1300 All S1000R, S1000RR
If you look closely at the plug cap you'll notice a groove near the top. This groove is provided as a means to grasp the cap so it can be pulled off of the spark plug. The removal tool is designed to slip onto the cap from the front. There is a relief at the back of the tool that engages with the corresponding raised locator at the front of the cap. Once it is fully seated on the cap grasp it and pull firmly and evenly. Do not give it a hard tug as you may pull the tool loose damaging the top of the cap. Slow and steady works better and is safer. For very difficult to remove caps the tool is equipped with a 1/4" through hole. A thin screwdriver can be slipped through the tool and with your fingers between the screwdriver and the valve cover you can easily pry the cap loose.
If you run into one that is extremely difficult to remove do not keep trying or you might break the top lip of the cap off. You will need to lubricate the rubber seal where it comes into contact with the bore of the valve cover. If you haven't seen this seal exposed, it is one piece with 3 integral "O" rings that seal against the valve cover. To facilitate removal you'll need to lubricate the seal with silicone spray or WD40. Before spraying in lubricant I slip a jeweler's screwdriver between the seal and the valve cover in order to open a pathway for the spray to reach the "O" rings. Once the seal is lubricated the plug cap should pull off easily. If you used WD40 as a lubricant be sure to clean it off of the rubber seal.
Lubricating the seal with silicone lubricant before re-installing the plug cap will insure that it comes out easily the next time. Do not use petroleum based grease as it attacks rubber seals. Make sure that when you replace the cap you push it all the way down so it is fully seated on the spark plug.
For S1000RR Owners
I received the following feedback from a French S1000RR customer:
Hi Marc, I‘ve taken few minutes to use your tools : this is a great help to remove the plug! For the S1000RR, I do few mods : add 2 90° holes and a small aluminum shaft with rubber caps (from tires valves) to help to remove the plug. There is not a lot of clearance between external (1&4) plugs and frame of the S1000RR
Hope it could help customers? I add a pic to this mail.
BMW Front Axle Removal Tool
Our 22 mm Front Axle Removal Tool for All '05-'12 R1200 (except R1200C), '05 and later K1200, K1300, K1600 and some F800 works in the shop as well as on the road. It features a 19mm or ¾" hex head so you an use a socket or box end wrench, a 6" breaker bar for those times when you need to remove your wheel while on the road and a 3/8" square drive for a socket to remove the calipers and pinch bolts. If you would like one please place your order on the Order Form below. For more pictures and information please visit the Front Axle Tool page.
BMW Oil Filter Wrench
Our BMW Oil Filter Wrenches work on all R, K and F-Twin BMW motorcycle spin-on filters. They're equipped with a hex drive that utilizes either a 19mm or 3/4" socket. Machined from 6061 T6 aluminum billet on CNC equipment, they're beautifully finished and will last a lifetime. If you would like one please visit our Oil Filter page.
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